I want to write a feverish I love you song
Serenade you watch your agate blue eyes
flicker open find myself inside of them
your astonishing smile
charms me lays warm on me

I want to write a fierce I love you song
a raw opening legato
like years days hours together
when minutes slow down hungry seconds linger

I want to write a fairytale I love you song
of pianissimo evenings
gazing out bedroom window moon and sun
one rising the other setting
blending into strangeness like dreaming

I close my eyes conjure a melodic tremor
will a romantic verse but of course
you are laughing fortissimo
over back fence with neighbor when
a lento of silence intrudes

I begin again to fashion
a possible lyric that too becomes stunned
when your percussive stride
drums through front door down echoing hall
bids my eyes open to your half-moon grin
thick with sustained passion
your lips staccato-touch mine
I lift my chin andante
beg for lingering repetitions

Marianne Lyon taught music for 43 years. After teaching in Hong Kong, she returned to the Napa Valley and is published in literary magazines and reviews including Ravens Perch, TWJM Magazine, Earth Daughters and Indiana Voice Journal. A Pushcart prize nominee, 2017, she is a member of the California Writers Club and Adjunct Professor at Touro University, California.